Glenn Delaney’s reaction to Leinster defeat

Rob Lloyd News

Glenn Delaney spoke to the media in the wake of the Scarlets’ 52-23 defeat to Leinster at Parc y Scarlets.

How disappointing is it to concede 50 points at home?

GD: “It is dreadful. We haven’t conceded that many points this season, we came off a pretty good defensive record and that was ripped apart. The score at one stage was 17-13 and it looked like it was going to open up a bit more for us, but we gave away penalties, kicked the ball out on the full and invited them into our territory and that gave them the opportunity to score, they are class outfit when they get close to the tryline.

“How they got those opportunities is what we need to look at. We certainly put a lot of pressure on ourselves in that first half. We corrected that in the second half, but the damage was done. The reality is, to concede 50 points at home is not good enough.”

How impressive is Leinster’s ability to bring through young players?

GD: “It is something we are trying to do here. We had a lot of young men in that game, Kemsley Mathias, Morgan Jones, Sam Costelow, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Ryan Conbeer. We have youngsters coming through our programme as well and we have got to keep exposing them to this level of rugby to make sure they are improving. They will take lessons from this, some of those lessons will be painful, but they will take lessons. They will be better for the experience.”

It looks like there is going to be a real scrap for a Champions Cup place

GD: “It is going to be an interesting shake-up, everyone is going to be scrapping for points and we will make sure we are going to be one of them and in the hunt and the key for us is the next three weeks are really productive and we are going to be ready to face Benetton here in three weeks’ time.”